cms transplant center definition

A transplant center as a component within a transplant hospital that provides transplantation of a particular type of organ. Types of organ transplant programs:

  • Heart
  • Lung
  • Heart/lung - The program must be located in a hospital with an existing Medicare-approved heart and Medicare-approved lung program
  • Intestine - The program must be located in a hospital with a Medicare-approved liver program. This program includes multivisceral and combined liver-intestine transplants
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas - The program must be located in a hospital with a Medicare-approved kidney program. This program includes combined kidney/pancreas transplants

All organ transplant programs must be located in a hospital that has a Medicare provider agreement.


part 482.68 — special requirements for transplant centers, page: 172 (64030)

A transplant center located within a hospital that has a Medicare provider agreement must meet the conditions of participation specified in §§ 482.72 through 482.104 in order to be granted approval from CMS to provide transplant services.

  • (a) Unless specified otherwise, the conditions of participation at §§ 482.72 through 482.104 apply to heart, heart-lung, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas centers.
  • (b) In addition to meeting the conditions of participation specified in §§ 482.72 through 482.104, a transplant center must also meet the conditions of participation in §§ 482.1 through 482.57, except for § 482.15.
  • 18. Add § 482.78 to read as follows:

§ 482.78 Conditions of Participation: Emergency Preparedness for Transplant Centers

A transplant center must be included in the emergency preparedness planning and the emergency preparedness program as set forth in § 482.15 for the hospital in which it is located. However, a transplant center is not individually responsible for the emergency preparedness requirements set forth in § 482.15.